BONOKOSKI: Former envoy McCallum speaks of China's intransigence

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It didn’t help when McCallum explicitly stated he believed the two Michaels would be free the moment Canada changed course and released Meng, her arrest complicated by being the chief financial officer for China’s mega tech firm, Huawei.

In fact, those loose lips got him fired as ambassador.

Huawei, which is attempting to get its technology involved in Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless network, has been accused by many of Canada’s allies — including the United States — of sneaking spyware into its technology at the behest of the Communist government.

Undoubtedly it’s the Meng situation that has Prime Minister unwilling to make a public decision on Huawei’s application.

It was after McCallum’s visit with Spavor and Kovrig that he urged their captors to improve the living conditions.

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“On more than one occasion, I tried to convince the Chinese that if they were unable to release Kovrig and Spavor they should at least improve their living conditions,” McCallum told the committee.

“Sadly, as you all know, Canadian efforts in this area have so far been unsuccessful.”

It was no surprise that McCallum, a China fanatic, was asked if he was on the pad of China’s Communist government.

“I have not received a penny from the government of mainland China as ambassador, as MP or post-ambassador,” said McCallum, although he refused to name the Chinese firms that have hired him as a consultant.

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